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Pricing out a Real vs Artificial Christmas Tree

Pricing Out a [Real vs Artificial] Christmas Tree

The holiday season is fast approaching. Kids are writing their letters to Santa, stores are stocking their shelves full of goodies, and others are wondering what kind of Christmas tree to buy. Are real or artificial Christmas trees better? Which type should you get? Well, that all depends on you! Let’s break down which (real or artificial) Christmas tree will deliver the most magic to you and your family this holiday season.


Let’s Talk Price


How Much are Real Christmas Trees? 

Right now, Home Depot sells 4’-6’ live trees ranging from $65-$110. A local Christmas tree farm will charge by height, with the national average price being $78 for a tree between 7’-8’ and increasing for a tree over 8’. In 2018, 32.8 million people purchased real trees, a 20% increase from 2017 . The National Christmas Tree Association reported a 17% increase in the price of real trees from 2015-2017 that stemmed from eco-conscious buyers looking to shop local.


How Much are Artificial Christmas Trees?

Artificial Christmas trees range in price depending on height, quality and extras such as being pre-lit. In 2018, the average cost of a artificial tree was $104. Right now, Home Depot sells 7.5’ Pre-Lit LED trees at a minimum of $159 and increasing in price with the addition of the bells and whistles. Of course, one advantage to buying a artificial Christmas tree is when you buy it. Good Housekeeping says the biggest sales happen the first two weeks of December or end-of-season . According to the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA), the cost of replacing a live Christmas tree every year is three times the cost of purchasing a single artificial Christmas tree. If cost is your main concern, it may be in your best interest to purchase a artificial tree.


Other Things to Consider When Purchasing a Christmas Tree


Life Expectancy

When properly cared for, a real Christmas tree will last roughly four to six weeks. If your tree is not adequately hydrated or is placed in environmentally stressful situations (placed too close to a heating source, or it’s pre-cut and frozen for weeks before you bring it home) it can dry out much faster, exposing it to a higher risk of catching fire.

Pro-Tip: Water (and only water) is the best option for keeping your tree hydrated longer. Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources states that a 7’ tree will drink up to two quarts of water per day within the first two weeks of being cut and that mixing in additives or preservatives do not add life to your tree.

Most Americans plan to keep their artificial trees for ten years; however, the average usable lifespan is six years. It’s a good idea to research the company and product quality before making your purchase. Artificial trees can last for years and even come with 1-10-year warranties. Some warranties are more thorough than others so check with the retailer to find out exactly what’s covered.



Real trees can expose you to allergens from sap, pollen, or mold. If you don’t want a artificial tree but are worried about allergies, Leland Cypress do not produce pollen and may be a good option. Typically, though, artificial trees are the most hypo-allergenic option, since they are made from plastic and metal. 



When it comes to recyclability, real Christmas trees are better. Almost 93 percent of real Christmas trees are recycled each year. Biodegradable and renewable, you can dispose of it by recycling it in your own backyard for critters to munch on, have it chipped into mulch, or sink it into a pond or lake to offer smaller baitfish protection. Major cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and New York offer free tree recycling.   

Since artificial Christmas trees are often manufactured with metal, PVC and contain flame retardants, there is no way to recycle them. The chemicals found in the PVC could contain hazardous levels of lead, posing a potential threat to children and animals who may ingest dust or other materials from the tree.

Let’s Recap

Now that we’ve established the initial cost of a real and artificial Christmas tree is comparable, are real or artificial Christmas trees better? Let’s look at the other factors to keep in mind when trying to figure out how which tree is best for you.  Ask yourself the following questions:


Do you have time to water and care for a real tree?


Can you afford to spend $70-$100/year on a real tree every year?


Is the tree you choose going to give you any trouble with allergies?


Is it important to you if your tree can be recycled at the end of its life?


Whether you’re chopping it down or taking it out of the box, be sure your tree WOWs  your guests with the right mix of Christmas ornaments! Check out our selection of trending ornaments, including  Angel Ornaments, Cat Ornaments, Dog Ornaments, Nutcracker Ornaments. And as always, Happy Holidays from your friends at Old World Christmas!


What kind of Christmas tree are you putting up this year? Let us know in the comments below!

When to Replace Your Artificial Christmas Tree

The holiday countdown has started… It’s time for your annual tree-wrestling match where it’s you vs. the stairs to bring that bad boy down from the attic onto center stage. Maybe you even have more than one tree? Maybe you have dozens! Whether you’re a tree hoarder or just a one-tree kind of girl, this is the time of year where we each have to make the call: will this tree make it another year or do I need to get a new one?

I can’t tell you how many people (men) I hear saying they’ll wait “until they go on sale at the end of the season.” That’s so funny. Every craft store shopper knows, Christmas trees are on sale NOW and they’ll be totally gone in seconds! But, let’s talk quality for a second. Those craft store trees just aren’t quite up to your standards, are they?

Truth time: My husband thinks Christmas trees should be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Several years ago, we bought a new 9 ft tree with lights. We spent a few hundred on it and that seemed like a LOT at the time, and he’s smug, thinking he’s checked that box for the rest of his days.

Guess what happened the next year? You know it. One whole section of lights went out. Yes, we tried to replace the light – well good luck finding the guilty one. There was a short in that light strand somewhere. Shaking the branches got us through the season. The next year, when we plugged it in, another section was out. At this point, someone (I won’t name names but it wasn’t me) snipped EVERY SINGLE light off the tree. Someone (me) had to go and buy new LEDs and string them on. Oh how I wish we’d known then what we know now about the structure and lighting warranty for the pre-lit trees at Decorator’s Warehouse.

So fast forward and here we are, in a different house but with the same tree that’s now too tall for the new room. And it’s starting to shed — a lot. But not as bad as the other tree that circulated out of the attic. So many of the “needles” shed off of it, it was nearly bald. You can see straight through it even with ornaments. You see where I’m going with this?

YES, trees need to be replaced and when you are in the market for a new one, not all Christmas tree stores are equal. So first, let’s look at how you know when it it time to replace that old Christmas tree.

It’s time to replace your Christmas tree when…

  • it still has regular lights entwined in it. It’s time to join the 21st Century my friend and switch to a pre-lit tree with LEDs. It will save you so much time in the future. You won’t be replacing bulbs, or snipping strands like my frugal man.
  • there are more “needles” on the floor than if you’d had a dried-out live tree.   A whole dustpan full of “needles” is not good. Your tree will look scrawny, not to mention the dry needles can be unsafe for lights and pets.
  • you need an MIT scholarship to put the tree together. Yes, all trees need a good fluffing, but if you are you so old school that you’re placing branch by branch into the base you are WAY overdue for a new tree. Look for a tree with interlocking pieces that let gravity do the work by simply dropping into place.
  • it is too big or small for your room. You want your tree to be tall enough that it fills the space between your floor and your ceiling WITH a topper, but maybe you’re like us and found yourself in a new house that couldn’t accommodate the 12-foot ceilings we had previously? Good time to get a new tree. Same if you’ve moved to a bigger place and your tree now looks tiny.
  • it looks retro and you are a modern girl. Or vice versa. Hey, tastes change,  Christmas tree styles – and there are MANY – have evolved. You can choose your needles, flocking or no flocking pre-lit, themed, height, width and so on.  It’s like ordering a Starbucks, all the options you have these days! Changing tastes is a legit reason to pass on that old tree and invest in a new one.

How to choose a Christmas Tree

Well now that you have decided it is time to splurge out on a new tree, I have soooo got your back. I spent a whole afternoon with my good friend Kirsten Black at Decorator’s Warehouse and totally needed out on Christmas decorating trends and what to look for when you are in the market for a new Christmas tree. Click through to these posts for all the details. 

If it has been a couple of years since you last bought a Christmas tree, the options available to you today are going to blow your mind. You don’t only have a choice between traditional green or flocked white, you also have to consider needle type, color-schemes, whether you want the tree to last all the way through fall, and decide if you want to go with this year’s trends (candy-colors and super-sized ornaments. Click here for  the full run-down of this year’s Christmas Tree trends and buying tips. 

Are you a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas decor or are you a trend-setter? Whichever your preference there is something for youThis time we are talking about color trends and decor trends for holiday decorating, especially in reference to Christmas trees. Before we get started though, I’m curious, are you a traditionalist and sticking with the reds and greens or are you more of a trailblazer with pink and teal or other cutting-edge combos? I’m both, depending on what room you’re in!

Is it too early to decorate for Christmas?

It doesn’t matter what time of the year you are reading this, the answer is still gonna be … uh, no. If you want to have a Christmas tree up in March, pop some bunnies, and bonnet decorations and call it an Easter tree. With a little bit of imagination, I’m sure you can have a tree all the way around the year and it won’t look out of place at all.  Just like our Mardi Gras tree. 

In this chat with Kirsten of Decorator’s Warehouse, we asked her if it was too early to decorate for Christmas. She describes the current trend for starting your tree with fall colours and keeping it right through ill the New Year. 

Why a live Christmas tree is more environmentally friendly than an artificial one - News of Yakutia

YAKUTIA.INFO The first Christmas tree markets have already opened in cities of Russia and traditional disputes have begun about which Christmas tree is better to buy: live or artificial. It seems that an artificial tree will last longer and will not require deforestation, which means that you need to choose it. But not everything is so simple, writes Znak.

How to choose?

A plastic tree usually costs less and lasts longer. It can be used for more than one year. But you can not call it environmentally friendly.

According to Greenpeace, an artificial Christmas tree only pays off its ecological footprint if it is used for 20 years.

Artificial Christmas trees are made from metal and plastic, often with PVC, making them nearly impossible to recycle. “This is a multi-component product. The composition of the plastic is unknown. And if paint is applied to create the effect of spruce snow, then it cannot be recycled at all, ”said Yana Trudkova, co-founder of the #non-museum of garbage project, ESG expert.

Usually these trees are made abroad. This means they leave a large carbon footprint. A lot of fuel is spent on their delivery to Russia.

Experts see the creation of artificial fir trees as a "traces of slavery". “As a rule, Christmas trees are made in China, where labor is very cheap – it is impossible not to take this into account,” explains Yana Trudkova.

Another argument against artificial spruce is that it can be unsafe for humans. “Christmas trees can be bought on sites like AliExpress. There it is impossible to see according to the standard what it consists of and whether it is safe. It is not known what kind of plastic is there. When heated, it can release a certain chemical composition. We don’t even understand that, in fact, rejoicing in the holiday, we kill ourselves and our children, ”reflects Trudkova.

A live Christmas tree is more environmentally friendly. Nurseries replace these spruces: after trees are cut down, new ones are planted in this place. In addition, spruces are often cut down in places where they would have been cut down not on New Year's Eve, for example, under power lines.

The main problem of live Christmas trees is their disposal. If the tree is taken to a landfill, it will emit methane, which affects climate change. According to Greenpeace, a two-meter-tall tree that decomposes in a landfill will release 16 kilograms of carbon dioxide — the equivalent of producing 160 paper cups. In the forest, trees also die, but they decompose in natural conditions and become not garbage, but a nutrient medium for the growth of new plants and organisms.

“The main harm from natural Christmas trees is the lack of collection points for their processing. If there were such points in every city and they would at least crush the spruce there before taking it to the landfill, there would be practically no harm, ”Yana Trudkova specified.

When to bet?

An artificial Christmas tree can be set up at any time.

But live - depending on the type of tree.

Nordmann and Fraser fir should be placed from December 14th. It stays fresh for three to four weeks. They look best in the first two weeks, and then they can dry out and turn pale. At the same time, the needles almost do not crumble from them.

Christmas pines and blue spruces should not be purchased before December 23rd. They cost two weeks. By the end of this period, pines lose their needles and turn yellow, and blue spruces fall off heavily.

Ordinary spruce can be brought home even on New Year's Eve, for example, on December 28th. It will stay for one or two weeks. At the end of the period, the tree dries up and crumbles.

To prolong the life of a natural Christmas tree, keep it away from the battery and in a tray filled with water. Water must be constantly topped up. You can add sugar, aspirin, or a store-bought supplement to the water.

How to dispose of?

If you already have an artificial Christmas tree, keep it as long as possible. Don't buy a new plastic Christmas tree every year - that's how you harm the environment.

It is better to recycle a natural Christmas tree. To do this, prepare a tree: remove tinsel, toys. Then take it to the collection point and hand it over. There, the tree will be crushed into chips. If the wood chips are clean, they can be given to the zoo as animal feed. If the chips are impregnated with some kind of composition, nurseries can use it for economic purposes.


between an artificial and a live Christmas tree, it is better to choose a natural one: it is more environmentally friendly and safe for nature and humans.

But experts advise not to buy a Christmas tree at all. “Now there are many alternatives. Increasingly, design solutions appear: Christmas trees are assembled from boxes, from recycled materials. It's beautiful and eco-friendly. And when installing a Christmas tree in a house, a person will in any case spend a lot of resources: it needs to be bought, installed, decorated, and then stored or disposed of somewhere, ”concluded Yana Trudkova.

Experts gave recommendations on choosing a Christmas tree - Roskachestvo

A Christmas tree is a symbol of winter holidays, and decorating it has been a favorite family tradition since childhood. , the choice of beauties of varying degrees of realism on the market is huge. Roskachestvo experts told how to prepare for the New Year without harming nature, how to choose a New Year tree and how to care for it

The New Year tree is a symbol of the winter holidays, and decorating it has been a favorite family tradition since childhood. However, many Russians, in an effort to protect nature, refuse living spruces and pines in favor of artificial ones - fortunately, the choice of beauties of varying degrees of realism on the market is huge. Roskachestvo experts told how to choose a live or artificial Christmas tree on the eve of the new year and how to care for it.

Live Spruce

No matter how paradoxical it may sound, environmentalists advise choosing a live Christmas tree for decoration. Damage to nature is caused only by illegal logging. And those trees that are sold at legal Christmas markets are grown in specialized nurseries. They operate, for example, in the Penza, Perm, Ulyanovsk, Tambov, Kirov regions and Mordovia. They are grown there specially for the New Year holidays, and also obtained by cutting down on duty in places where they should not be: on roadsides, in the area of ​​​​gas pipelines, in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bpower lines. Clearings can be sanitary in nature: the forest is thinned out when there are too many trees so that the soil is not depleted. That is, they would have been cut down anyway, otherwise the forest department would receive money for them, which they use to restore the forest. Therefore, when purchasing spruce or pine at a specialized point of sale, you can be sure that you do not harm the environment.

As noted by Marin a Shalginskikh, eco-trainer, member of the environmental movement "Separate collection" , to Growing one natural Christmas tree on a special plantation causes less damage to nature than the production of artificial trees. « If natural spruce is of legal, not poached, origin, then it is better than artificial spruce in terms of nature conservation ", - expert thinks.

Where to buy live tree ?

In forestries, shops, at Christmas markets. A legal Christmas tree market operates under an appropriate sign, and the seller must have:

- permission card for trade,

- cash machine,

- detailed price list,

- ruler for measuring wood,

- packaging material,

- Book of reviews and suggestions.

Which tree to choose?

Most often, at Christmas markets, they choose a Christmas tree or a pine tree. This is a matter of your taste and family traditions. Spruce - a classic New Year's beauty with a persistent coniferous aroma. But she has a minus - she crumbles faster and easier than pine. Pines are cheaper (because they grow faster), their long needles stay on the branches longer, but they have their drawback - a large amount of resin. Also available for sale are Normandy (fluffy, flat-needled) and Danish (lush, short-needled). They last longer - from two weeks to a month. But they are much more expensive than domestic ones.

How to choose?

- Try the branches with your hand: they should be elastic and bend easily.

- Look at the trunk: it should also be covered with needles.

- Break a couple of needles in your hand: a characteristic pleasant aroma should appear.

- Pay attention to the cut of the trunk: if it has a wide dark border, the tree will not last long.

- Tap the barrel on the ground: the needles from the blows should not crumble.

You bring home a tree from the forest. Isn't there a risk of bringing insects and parasites along with it?

"Indeed, there are quite a lot of different types of insects, spiders, mites on felled coniferous crops in winter , - says Zoya Nikolaeva, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor of the RGAU-MSHA named after K.A. Timiryazev , - Many of them are pests cultures, others use the tree for overwintering.All insects are dormant (diapause).But in a warm room, they usually wake up and become active.These insects are not dangerous to humans and animals, they feed on plants.Ixodid ticks are dangerous.They usually do not live on trees, and prefer grass cover.Therefore, it is unlikely to bring ixodid ticks with spruce or pine.To clean spruce from insects and ticks, it is advisable to hold it in the bathroom for several hours (3-4) before installation, clean the lower part of the trunk from the bark, then shake tree several times over the bath and wash off the fallen insects ", - says the expert.

How to store?

Freshly cut spruce can stand in an apartment for about 8 days, pine - about 12. To prolong its life, it is better to place it away from heating appliances and use a special stand with a water tank. Water must be added in a timely manner, and for feeding, you can use a specialized remedy or a folk recipe: add a spoonful of sugar and a crushed aspirin tablet to the water. Then the New Year's beauty will please you longer. And not only with festive decoration, but also with volatile substances useful for the body. " Spruce and pine phytoncides stimulate vital processes, improve metabolism. When inhaling air saturated with phytoncides of pine, people may have an increase in blood pressure ,” says Z oya Nikolaeva .

How to properly dispose of?

Another advantage of natural Christmas trees is that they can and should be taken to special collection points for further processing so that they can be useful. In landfills, where improperly disposed spruces usually end up, there are no conditions for their natural decomposition, marks Marina Shalginsky .

« The world's most common way to dispose of Christmas trees is chipping, which is used in nurseries. Some European cities use sawdust and needles for heating for several months after the New Year. There are examples of the use of trunks by furniture factories, and needles - as animal feed ”, - the expert notes .

Artificial spruce

From the point of view of ecology, it has a significant plus - durability. It can be used for many years, passing from generation to generation. « Production of artificial Christmas trees in a factory and delivery from afar (for example, from China) is energy-intensive, and the production of a plastic Christmas tree consumes non-renewable resources. We also add the carbon footprint (the amount of greenhouse gases) that is formed during the production and transportation of Christmas trees. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the carbon footprint of an artificial Chinese spruce bought in Moscow is about 57 kg of CO2. Rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere lead to climate change ”, - thinks Marina Shalginskikh .

How to choose artificial Christmas tree ?

- Move your hand against the "growth" of the needles, pull them a little, bend the branches slightly: such manipulations will not harm the quality. If the needles remain in your hands, the quality of the goods leaves much to be desired.

- Pay attention to the smell: an artificial Christmas tree should not smell!

- On the packaging of the product there should be information about the presence or absence of harmful chemicals in the raw materials, information about the treatment of the product with anti-flammable substances. An electric garland can only be hung on a fire-resistant Christmas tree.

- Also, the label should indicate the date of manufacture of the goods, information about the manufacturer with contact details, where you can send a claim. The information on the label must be presented in Russian.

- It is better to buy an artificial Christmas tree in large supermarkets and shops and specialized outlets. When buying, you can ask the seller for a certificate and a declaration of conformity confirming the quality and safety of the goods.

How to properly dispose of?

Due to the heterogeneous composition, artificial Christmas trees are not accepted for processing. Consequently, they either end up in a landfill, where they cause acidification of groundwater, or are burned, releasing carcinogens into the atmosphere. Therefore, if you decide to abandon a living tree, buy a Christmas tree for long-term use and keep it for many years.

Here are some eco-friendly options from Marina Shalginsky :

1. Decorate a live Christmas tree growing in the yard. The main thing is not to forget to remove all decorations from the tree after the holidays.

2. Use Christmas tree branches to decorate the apartment, decorate them with natural toys - fruits and cones.

3. Buy a Christmas tree in a pot for further transplanting into open ground. But there is little chance that she will live until spring: strong heating and dry air of the apartment are harmful to her. It is necessary to ensure wintering at a temperature not higher than 10 degrees, which is difficult to do in an ordinary apartment.

4. Make your own eco-tree from scrap materials. There are many options - from cardboard, garlands, newspapers, books, boxes, wood, ladders, etc. There are many ideas on the Internet. My sister, for example, made a Christmas tree out of cardboard and colored it with her daughter. Have been using it for several years now.

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